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‘Subject-to’s’ issue at FMPC


A miscommunication over a list of “subject to” items caused a few terse moments during the meeting of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission Oct. 4.

Developer R. Knick Myers of Myers Bros. Holdings was slated to speak to the FMPC concerning final plat plans for Siena subdivision, formerly known as Park Bridge subdivision.

Community Development Director Ruth Hawk told Commissioners the staff had several reservations about the final plat and a list of 27 subject-to items, outstanding items that needed to be completed.

Hawk gave Myers a copy of the 27 items in a letter dated Sept. 12 and a separate letter from town attorney Tom Hale dealing with the subdivision.

“You’ve caught me completely off guard,” Myers said.

Myers said he had received only a letter dated Sept. 26 with only nine subject-to items on it, and presented his case to Commissioners about plans for the subdivision. Commissioners voted to postpone the matter.

“I expect the final plat to be final,” said Commission Chairman Robert “Bob” Hill.

Myers questioned several town staff members concerning details of who knew about the subject-to items and when they knew them, saying he wanted to get it “on the record.”

“Some of the discussion tonight borders on silliness,” said Commissioner Ron Honken. “This is ridiculous we’re having this type of discussion at this

meeting.”

“I hope this Commission would not believe a company of our reputation and the reputation of Cannon and Cannon would sit on something like this for a month and not respond,” Myers said.

In another issue, FMPC members told developer Bob Pollock they would like to see a deceleration lane in front of his proposed development, but warned him they could vote in the future to see that lane destroyed.

The Commission, in workshop session, heard Pollock’s plans to turn the former Conoco station at the intersection of N. Campbell Station Road and I-40/75 into a retail strip mall. Pollock said he could have as many as six to

10 tenants in the proposed

development.

Hill asked town engineer Darryl Smith what he thought about access points.

Smith said there was probably room for a short deceleration lane in front of the property and the Commission suggested one be added to his development plans.

Hill warned Pollock town future development included re-working of the Campbell Station exchange. Such reworking could include a loss of right-of-way to Pollock’s proposed business.

“That may be the town’s plans but it’s not my plans,” Pollock said.

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III suggested Pollock could consider the loss of the ROW as profitable because he would be paid for it, should that happen.

“We will support its [ROW] being destroyed at some point,” said Commissioner Connie Rutenber, who was appointed to fill out the term of the late Fred Jones. “That’s just putting it bluntly.”

In other business, the Commission gave proclamations honoring former Commissioner Fred Jones to the Jones family. Jones died in September and the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen issued a proclamation last month memorializing him.

Richard Jones, Fred’s son, thanked the Commission for the honor.

“You are family to us,” he said. “Our father loved this town and we love you.”

 

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